Welcome to the first CGAP Newsletter of 2011

Due to staff changes there has been a gap in the production of our newsletter but we've been busy and this newsletter will bring you up to date on what's been happening.

New CGAP Research
Long term giving trends – the good news and the future challenges
New research by CGAP and the Centre for Market and Public Organisation looks at three decades of household giving to charity. The New State of Donation was published on 15th February.
The good news shown by the new research is that giving is largely recession-proof, donations have increased in real terms in the past three decades and the long-term decline in the proportion of households giving to charity has been halted.
However the challenges for the future include the increasing dependency on the grey pound, the difficulties in raising the levels of charitable giving and the need to change fundraising approaches in line with changing influences on household expenditure.

Big Society and entrepreneurial philanthropy
CGAP researcher Eleanor Shaw discussed her work into the emergence of entrepreneurial philanthropy at the first Social and Sustainable Enterprise Network Symposium. Her presentation ‘Social enterprise and philanthropy: their role in the new big society’ is available now. Also see Growing the Social Investment Market: A vision and strategy the Government's strategy for growing social ventures.

Responding to the Giving Green Paper 15th February
CGAP organised a seminar with CMPO (Centre for Market and Public Organisation, University of Bristol), EAPG and NCVO to inform research, policy and practice responses to the Government's Giving Green Paper on Giving. The Research Seminar presentations and summary notes are now available. The consultation period ends on 9th March.

Latest Philanthropy Reports
Arts and Business ‘Private investment in culture 2009/10...what next for the arts?
DCMS strategy on philanthropy for the arts. Keynote speech and action plan to boost philanthropy
CAF and NCVO ‘UK Giving 2010’
CGAP and Pears Foundation ‘Family Foundation Giving Trends 2010’
Coutts ‘Million Pound Donors Report’

Upcoming Events
24th-27th March 2011 Benchmark 3.5 Conference on Nonprofit and philanthropic studies in San Diego. Jenny Harrow and Tobias Jung are presenting.
31st March 2011 SCVO Conference co-hosted by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Centre for Public Services Research (CPSR) and CGAP. CGAP’s Tobias Jung will be presenting Cathy Pharoah’s paper ‘The new challenges facing fundraisers chasing the Scottish pound’
7th June 2011 ERNOP Conference, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. The conference theme is ‘Philanthropy and Civil Society: European and Transnational Perspectives’
September 2011 CGAP Conference. Date to be confirmed. Please send ideas for themes to Rachel.cgap@city.ac.uk

Around Philanthropy

The Charity Tax Group has published the Charity Tax Map, the first study on the impact of the tax system on the charity sector.
Peter Fanning’s ‘Gift Aid Forum’ report  (pdf) and Justine Greening's response (pdf).
Philanthropy Review, new independent review of philanthropy set up to take a fresh look at supporting society through better giving.
The Big Society Network, a not for profit group to help organisations develop the practical benefits of civic engagement.
Foundation payout? Cathy Pharoah and Jenny Harrow explore the issues of policy and practice transfer in the UK and the US. 

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